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my perennial plaint

on March 20, 2012 - 6:23pm

It's so frequently this same thing that I complain about.

I call this relationship I have with him 1 3/4 way. In here is some sort of communication both ways, but there is this missing piece that Josh doesn't know who I am and is likely not able to distinguish me much from others. Normally, that's ok. Most of my questions get answered over time, as enough people ask them that he notices. He does enough in the way of tweeting and public appearances that I feel that I am sort of able to keep up with him.

I get this illusion that I really am his friend, just as the name of this fan club implies.

BUT

Then there are those days, like yesterday, when that little missing piece really looms large. I thought his tweets sounded unhappy.

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on being tagged as something you are not

on March 12, 2012 - 6:01pm

Yes, I share Josh's frustration with these jerks who keep saying that Obama is a Muslim.

It's a similar situation when one hears someone being accused of being gay.

My father had another example in pre-Holocaust Germany, where he was tagged as Jewish, even though his family had converted to Christianity.

In each case, the targeted category should not be viewed as negative, even though the comment is damaging, because false.

Josh had slightly analogous situations with David Foster, I gather, as he said in an interview that he did not like being told who he was by someone else, especially when whatever that was was not who he saw himself as.

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Never taking anything at face value

on February 25, 2012 - 9:25pm

I find, when listening to others, that each has a unique perspective. Two people describing the same set of events will filter them through their own life stories -- leading to versions that may seem contradictory to a third party -- and yet which seem real to those who describe them.

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If I Walk Away

on February 21, 2012 - 7:24pm

I really like this video. It shows a very intimate view of Josh, the kind that only his brother could really show us. I like the idea of Josh and his brother working together to create the video. Plus the music is very beautiful.

I wish the video was going viral, but it's not. It has a respectable number of hits, but hot huge.

I'm trying to watch it repeatedly to try to get the number of views to go up, not that I can do much myself.

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Leibnitizian expansions

on February 20, 2012 - 8:38pm

Taking electrical engineering. Learning how to take determinants of matrices by Leibnitzian expansion.

Very time-consuming and frustrating -- and the answers are not coming out the way they are supposed to. Working on it for hours.

Auggh!

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